Super Bowl 49: Experts Split On Winner

usa-today-8337984.0Here comes the final game of the season; the big one: Super Bowl 49! Based on the NFC and AFC championship games, this is shaping up to be a good one. Hopefully we won’t get another blow out like we did last year, but that’s unlikely when you consider how balanced both of these teams are. The Seattle Seahawks, defending their championship, against the New England Patriots, a battle of titanic offenses and defenses in Arizona will be a Super Bowl to remember.

Both of these teams are in line to make history at this year’s Super Bowl. Nobody’s won back-to-back titles in the NFL since the Patriots did it in 2003 and 2004, so it’s fitting that the Patriots are the team standing in Seattle’s way of achieving the feat this year.

The Patriots, attempting to break a decade long championship drought, pulling out a win would give Bilichick and Brady their fourth Super Bowl ring putting them amongst the most elite coach/quarterback combinations in NFL history. Brady would be entering the highest echelon of quarterback company by getting his fourth ring, joining quarterbacks Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw, and Bilichick would be joining former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Chuck Noll as the only other coach with 4 rings.

Both teams had an uphill climb to get here, but looking back on the season, neither team is  surprise to have made it to the big game. Seattle went 3-3 after reports of locker room turmoil, and the release of star wide receiver Percy Harvin. However, they went on to win 11 of their next 12 games, in generally resoundingly strong fashion. The Patriots started the season at 2-2 after a resounding loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in week 4. They went on to rip through the remainder of the season, pulling off 12 wins in their next 14 games.

With both number 1 seeds duking it out in the final showdown this season, it’s a perfect opportunity for the experts to weigh in on who it is they have winning the big game. This is the 11th time in Super Bowl history that both number 1 seeds are meeting in the big game since 1975, and recent trends are favoring a Seattle victory: the NFC has won the last six Super Bowls between no. 1 seeds.

After looking through the resident experts over at SBNation, there seems to be a good amount of disagreement on who’s going to bring home the Lombardi Trophy. Here’s the breakdown as it stands:

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Looks like a good amount of disagreement. Personally, i’m taking the Seahawks this weekend.

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Published by: Doug MacFaddin

Douglas Willis MacFaddin was born June 16, 1961 in the Miamisburg Hospital to Patricia Ann MacFaddin and Richard Willis MacFaddin. My mother’s maiden name is Morrison and she is the youngest of seven children who were raised in Lycippus, PA. My father was the second of four children and was a twin. He was raised in the town of Viola, DE. At the time of my birth, my father worked at the Mound Laboratories in Miamisburg, Ohio in research. Mound was an Atomic Energy Commission facility for nuclear weapon research during the Cold War. My mother made a home for our family. My father passed away in 1991 and my mother is currently living in Avon, CT. Doug MacFaddin is the oldest of five children (Doug, R. Stuart, Anne Marie, Megan and Mary (Heather)). I lived in Ohio for two years, spent the next seven years in Murrysville, PA (outside of Pittsburgh), moved to Little Silver, NJ and relocated my senior year in high school to Avon, CT. My four siblings currently live with their families in Avon, CT and are members of St. Ann’s Church. I attended Mother of Sorrows School in Murrysville, PA. In NJ, I attended Little Silver Point Road School, Markham Place School and Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) in Lincroft, NJ for three years. My senior year, I attended Avon High School and I then spent the next four years at Union College, Schenectady, NY. I received a BS in Industrial Economics and graduated in June 1983. While at Salomon Brothers, I was asked to attend a two-week seminar for Public Finance at the University of Michigan in 1986. In Little Silver, I was involved in Troop 126 where I achieved the rank of Life Scout and was both a Patrol Leader and a Senior Patrol Leader. I also was an alter boy at St. James Catholic Church and spent summers a the Ship Ahoy Beach Club in Seabright, NJ and caddying at the Rumson Country Club. At Christian Brothers Academy, I wrestled for the varsity squad for three years. I took second in the districts my junior year and went on to the regionals. I also ran on their cross country team freshman year and was part of the CBA Colt team that hasn’t lost a duel meet since 1973. My senior year at Avon, I won the wrestling States (S). I went on to wrestle at Union College and qualified for the Div III nationals twice (1981, 1982) and was co-captain both years. My senior year at Avon, CT, I also won the States (S) in pole vaulting. It was the first time Avon High School had a state champ in two sports in the same year. During my four years, I earned nine varsity letters between wrestling, track and football. In 1979, I was accepted into The National Honor & Merit Scholars Society. Upon graduating from Union College, I accepted a position at Salomon Brothers Inc in August 1983. I was an analyst in their Public Finance department at One New York Plaza. I lived in Park Slope, Brooklyn and spent the next four years working at Salomon Brothers. As a result of Black Monday, October 19, 1987 the Public Finance Department of Salomon Brothers was jettisoned to conserve capital. By November 1, 1987, I was working at Dean Witter Reynolds in the new Public Finance Department made up of many of my former Salomon Brother’s colleagues. The new Department was located on the 57th floor of 2 World Trade Center.

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